LHSAA Director's Column: State champions crowned at conclusion of spring season

Kenny Henderson
Kenny Henderson, LHSAA Executive Director

Another year of incredible competitiveness in Louisiana high school athletics has concluded with the crowning of the 2011 LHSAA spring sports state champions.

In baseball, Jesuit defeated last year’s champion, Catholic High (Baton Rouge), en route to the Class 5A championship. St. Louis Catholic and Livonia took the Class 4A and Class 3A titles, respectively, and Evangel won the Class 2A crown. St. Mary’s – 2010’s Class 1A runner-up – redeemed itself with the 2011 title, and Forest defeated Choudrant for the second consecutive year to win the Class B championship. Hicks took the Class C crown.

At the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 softball championships in Sulphur, last year’s runner-up Hahnville clinched its first-ever Class 5A championship, while Sam Houston avenged a loss in last year’s final to take the Class 4A crown. Catholic High (New Iberia) claimed the Class 3A championship, and Evangel won its third-straight Class 2A championship. Archbishop Hannan clinched its first Class 1A state title, Oak Hill won Class B honors and Hackberry won the Class C championship in a rematch of last year’s final with Claiborne Christian.

LSU once again hosted the LHSAA Track and Field State Championships, where Catholic High (Baton Rouge) and Baton Rouge High secured the boys’ and girls’ Class 5A titles, respectively. The remaining boys’ champions were Breaux Bridge in Class 4A, Holy Cross (New Orleans) in Class 3A, John Curtis in Class 2A, Hamilton Christian in Class 1A, Weston in Class B and Saline in Class C. The remaining girls’ champions were Northside in Class 4A, West Feliciana in Class 3A, Donaldsonville in Class 2A, Ouachita Christian in Class 1A, Simsboro in Class B and Epps in Class C.

Schools are organized into divisions for state golf and tennis championships. In girls’ golf, St. Thomas More clinched the Division I championship, while Episcopal earned the Division II crown. The state champions in boys' golf are as follows: Jesuit, Division I; Alexandria, Division II; Loyola College Prep, Division III; Calvary, Division IV; Cedar Creek, Division V; and Weston, Division VI.

Vandebilt and University High swept the boys’ and girls’ team tennis championships in Divisions II and IV, respectively. The remaining boys’ tennis champions were Jesuit in Division I, Loyola College Prep in Division III and St. Frederick’s in Division V.

The remaining girls’ champions were Mandeville in Division I, Sacred Heart (New Orleans) with a three-peat in Division III and Country Day in Division V.

St. Louis Catholic took the girls’ state title in bowling, and Barbe repeated as boys’ state champions. In gymnastics, Baton Rouge High clinched the boys’ team state championship, and Catholic High (New Iberia) earned the girls' team state championship.

The LHSAA congratulates all of our champion schools and student-athletes on their excellence this year, and we are already eagerly looking forward to the upcoming fall sports season.